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  • Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Proverbs 143. The proverb today is misery

  • loves company. Okay. Let's take a look at the note here. The proverb basically means

  • that people who are unhappy prefer others to be unhappy as well. Okay. It can

  • also refer to the idea that the company of other people who are miserable makes

  • one's misery easier to bear. So if you're unhappy and you're miserable and you're

  • with other people somehow it makes you feel like well you're not alone. So it's

  • easier to take your misery. So we say misery loves company.

  • All right now. Let's continue. The origin of this proverb goes all the way back to

  • Sophocles 'Oepidus at Columbus' around 400 BC . So this has been a long

  • time. He wrote about this idea. However our

  • present-day wording did not appear until the 19th century. So, and there was a

  • number of writers along the way that had the same idea, but they didn't actually

  • word it as misery loves company. They had another way of saying it, but it was

  • basically the same idea. Okay. Good. Okay. So like we say there are a number of

  • other citings that also state the same idea before this time, so ... so it is clear

  • this may be part of human nature in a way. And you know, even throughout a lot

  • of cultures they had phrases you know, sayings like this or proverbs like this.

  • All right. So let's just give a couple of examples here. You know. example number

  • one has an a/b part. So number one says many people love to go to bars and

  • complain about their life to other barflies. All right. Barflies is an interesting

  • noun or noun phrase. That's usually people that often go to bar

  • and often like to talk about their life. So that's a barfly. So they are like ... like a

  • fly on the bar that's ...that's there all the time in order to drink away their

  • problems. Okay, and B says "Well it just goes to show, misery loves company . Okay,

  • good. And number two here. I think some people

  • are happy when others fail so they feel that they are not alone and they ... he goes

  • on to say. I guess it's true misery loves company. Okay, great. I hope you got it . I hope it

  • was clear. I hope it was informative . Thank you for your time. Bye-bye.

Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Proverbs 143. The proverb today is misery


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英語家教Nick P 諺語(143) Misery Loves Company(痛苦喜歡公司) (English Tutor Nick P Proverbs (143) Misery Loves Company)

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